The annual UWA Sports Awards were held on Thursday the 25th of November at the University Club of Western Australia, and sought to celebrate the achievements of UWA clubs and student athletes over the past year.
The evening was presented by Nathan Drudi, Media and Communications Manager of Netball WA, West Coast Fever and Shooting Stars, and was attended by a variety of members of the UWA Sport community.Special guests included the Chair of the UWA Sport Advisory Council Ross Kelly, current UWA Sports Council President Desiree Tan, incoming President Max Qua and UWA Director of Student Life Chris Massey.
Club Service Awards were achieved by Alanah Maclaurin of the UWA Fencing Club, Holly Child and Jeremy Gillbanks of the UWA Boat Club, and Joshua Dallimore of the UWA Cricket Club. Club Letters were also awarded to Luke Major and Nina Kennedy, both of the UWA Athletics Club.
Inter-College and Inter-Faculty championships were also presented on the night. The Inter-College Spirit Shield was won by St George’s College, whilst the Men’s Nicholson Cup was won by St Catherine’s College, and the Women’s WICSA Cup was presented to St Thomas More College, who also took home the overall championship. In the Inter-Faculty competition, the West Australian Medical Students’ Society (WAMSS) dominated, taking a clean sweep of the Men’s Goyder Cup, Women’s Strickland Cup, and the overall Champion Faculty for 2018.
The night also featured a panel discussion surrounding the topic of Ethics in Sport, moderated by MC Nathan Drudi. Glenn Stewart, High Performance Manager at the West Coast Eagles, Avril Fahey, Selector for the Australian Women’s Cricket Team, and Georgia Wilson, Hockeyroo and recent UWA graduate, sat on the panel and provided insights and anecdotes from their own experience to shed light on the discussion of Ethics in Sport.
The Coach of the Year Award was presented to Lyn Foreman of the UWA Athletics Club for the second year in a row, and the Club of the Year was awarded to UWA Judo Club following outstanding results and community contribution in 2018.
The final award of the year was the UWA Sports Star of the Year, presented in 2018 to marathon kayaker Josh Kippin. Commencing 2018 ranked inside the top 10 Marathon Kayakers in the world, Josh was announced as Australian Canoe Marathon Paddler of the Year (Open Male), and placed 2nd in Men’s K1 and K2 30km at the Australian Canoe Championships.
Locally, Josh is the WA State Canoe Champion in 10km K1 and K2, was awarded a UWA Convocation Award, and broke a decade-long state record in winning the single marathon kayak race at the Avon Descent. 154 kayakers, canoeists and paddlers finished the 124km race from Northam to Bayswater, with Josh finishing over 2 minutes ahead of second place.
Josh is currently studying Master of Business Administration, and over the last three years he has progressed from Top 20 to Top 10, and now chasing podium at World Championships for Men’s K1 Marathon Kayaking.
Congratulations to all who won awards on the night, and thank you to all who attended.
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